SWINDON TOWN 1 ROTHERHAM UTD 2: Full-time report

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: SWINDON TOWN 1 ROTHERHAM UTD 2: Full-time report SWINDON TOWN 1 ROTHERHAM UTD 2: Full-time report

TWO early Wes Thomas goals meant Swindon Town’s season ended in defeat, as Rotherham United won 2-1 at the County Ground this afternoon.

Thomas netted twice in the first quarter of the match to give promotion-chasing Rotherham a boost going into the play-offs and, despite Michael Smith’s second-half penalty, Town couldn’t find a way back into the game.

Jay McEveley hit the crossbar for the home side, who were excellent in the second half after a meek showing in the first 45 minutes, but they couldn’t equalise.

Manager Mark Cooper handed a first Town start to Connor Waldon up front, while Ben Gladwin returned to midfield and Jack Barthram filled in at right wing-back for the suspended Nathan Thompson.

McEveley dropped into a central defensive role in place of Troy Archibald-Henville.

Swindon made the worst possible start and found themselves a goal down after 52 seconds. A tidy throughball picked out the run of Thomas and his first touch dispatched the ball beyond Wes Foderingham.

Thomas doubled the visitors’ lead in the 22nd minute as Town dallied in midfield again. Ben Pringle swung in a cross from the left and Thomas, who was the subject of three failed bids from Swindon this season when at Bournemouth, rose to head home off the crossbar.

Jack Stephens wasted a good chance to pull Swindon back into the contest, nodding a free header straight at Adam Collin in the Millers’ goal with 10 minutes to go before the break, but Rotherham held a handsome and deserved lead at half-time.

Michael Smith should have done better than heading at Collin from a Nathan Byrne cross in the 52nd minute, as Town began the second period with a lot more composure and quality in possession, and the striker then nodded at Collin again from Jack Barthram’s centre before he finally found the back of the net.

The goal came from the penalty spot. Massimo Luongo, thriving in his role as captain, nipped into the box and was tripped by Kari Arnason. Smith sent Collin the wrong way from 12 yards.

Swindon continued to push hard for an equaliser and went on to dominate the rest of the second half. McEveley was whiskers away from a stunning first goal for the club on perhaps his final appearance in a Town shirt, when he leathered an 18-yard drive against the crossbar, but there was no way through.

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8:24am Sun 4 May 14

old town robin says...

On half chances not taken and Jay hitting the cross bar, with a
little bit of luck we could have won the game by four or five goals.

Result not surprising with a very under strength team who looked more like a conference side in the first half. Much improved second half with Luango having his best game for a long while. Cooper was quite correct in taking a look at some of the youngsters rather than getting a result. Not sure he learned anything from it as Waldron did not impress and Randall probably didn't get enough time to show his potential. If they are kept on I would say they need to improve quite a bit if they are to be considered for a regular first team place.
On half chances not taken and Jay hitting the cross bar, with a little bit of luck we could have won the game by four or five goals. Result not surprising with a very under strength team who looked more like a conference side in the first half. Much improved second half with Luango having his best game for a long while. Cooper was quite correct in taking a look at some of the youngsters rather than getting a result. Not sure he learned anything from it as Waldron did not impress and Randall probably didn't get enough time to show his potential. If they are kept on I would say they need to improve quite a bit if they are to be considered for a regular first team place. old town robin
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3:14pm Sun 4 May 14

jillyh says...

old town robin wrote:
On half chances not taken and Jay hitting the cross bar, with a
little bit of luck we could have won the game by four or five goals.

Result not surprising with a very under strength team who looked more like a conference side in the first half. Much improved second half with Luango having his best game for a long while. Cooper was quite correct in taking a look at some of the youngsters rather than getting a result. Not sure he learned anything from it as Waldron did not impress and Randall probably didn't get enough time to show his potential. If they are kept on I would say they need to improve quite a bit if they are to be considered for a regular first team place.
Don't worry I am sure Cooper will keep them but it will probably be the same story that it will take 8 months for them to come good as "they are young and still learning their trade"
Sorry but when you let experienced defenders like Jay go the writing is already on the wall.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: On half chances not taken and Jay hitting the cross bar, with a little bit of luck we could have won the game by four or five goals. Result not surprising with a very under strength team who looked more like a conference side in the first half. Much improved second half with Luango having his best game for a long while. Cooper was quite correct in taking a look at some of the youngsters rather than getting a result. Not sure he learned anything from it as Waldron did not impress and Randall probably didn't get enough time to show his potential. If they are kept on I would say they need to improve quite a bit if they are to be considered for a regular first team place.[/p][/quote]Don't worry I am sure Cooper will keep them but it will probably be the same story that it will take 8 months for them to come good as "they are young and still learning their trade" Sorry but when you let experienced defenders like Jay go the writing is already on the wall. jillyh
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9:41pm Sun 4 May 14

old town robin says...

jillyh wrote:
old town robin wrote:
On half chances not taken and Jay hitting the cross bar, with a
little bit of luck we could have won the game by four or five goals.

Result not surprising with a very under strength team who looked more like a conference side in the first half. Much improved second half with Luango having his best game for a long while. Cooper was quite correct in taking a look at some of the youngsters rather than getting a result. Not sure he learned anything from it as Waldron did not impress and Randall probably didn't get enough time to show his potential. If they are kept on I would say they need to improve quite a bit if they are to be considered for a regular first team place.
Don't worry I am sure Cooper will keep them but it will probably be the same story that it will take 8 months for them to come good as "they are young and still learning their trade"
Sorry but when you let experienced defenders like Jay go the writing is already on the wall.
Agreed, but did we let Jay go or did Power offer him an unacceptable new contract that he rejected.

Whatever happened I could think of one or two I'd rather see leave before Jay
[quote][p][bold]jillyh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: On half chances not taken and Jay hitting the cross bar, with a little bit of luck we could have won the game by four or five goals. Result not surprising with a very under strength team who looked more like a conference side in the first half. Much improved second half with Luango having his best game for a long while. Cooper was quite correct in taking a look at some of the youngsters rather than getting a result. Not sure he learned anything from it as Waldron did not impress and Randall probably didn't get enough time to show his potential. If they are kept on I would say they need to improve quite a bit if they are to be considered for a regular first team place.[/p][/quote]Don't worry I am sure Cooper will keep them but it will probably be the same story that it will take 8 months for them to come good as "they are young and still learning their trade" Sorry but when you let experienced defenders like Jay go the writing is already on the wall.[/p][/quote]Agreed, but did we let Jay go or did Power offer him an unacceptable new contract that he rejected. Whatever happened I could think of one or two I'd rather see leave before Jay old town robin
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11:15am Mon 5 May 14

jillyh says...

old town robin wrote:
jillyh wrote:
old town robin wrote:
On half chances not taken and Jay hitting the cross bar, with a
little bit of luck we could have won the game by four or five goals.

Result not surprising with a very under strength team who looked more like a conference side in the first half. Much improved second half with Luango having his best game for a long while. Cooper was quite correct in taking a look at some of the youngsters rather than getting a result. Not sure he learned anything from it as Waldron did not impress and Randall probably didn't get enough time to show his potential. If they are kept on I would say they need to improve quite a bit if they are to be considered for a regular first team place.
Don't worry I am sure Cooper will keep them but it will probably be the same story that it will take 8 months for them to come good as "they are young and still learning their trade"
Sorry but when you let experienced defenders like Jay go the writing is already on the wall.
Agreed, but did we let Jay go or did Power offer him an unacceptable new contract that he rejected.

Whatever happened I could think of one or two I'd rather see leave before Jay
Precisely
On the radio coming home the talk was needing to keep experience with youth. Well just throw away not only an experienced player but importantly one who gives his all - that has got to be worth more in my opinion so shows quite clearly the club don't care about building a team or entertaining the fans
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jillyh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: On half chances not taken and Jay hitting the cross bar, with a little bit of luck we could have won the game by four or five goals. Result not surprising with a very under strength team who looked more like a conference side in the first half. Much improved second half with Luango having his best game for a long while. Cooper was quite correct in taking a look at some of the youngsters rather than getting a result. Not sure he learned anything from it as Waldron did not impress and Randall probably didn't get enough time to show his potential. If they are kept on I would say they need to improve quite a bit if they are to be considered for a regular first team place.[/p][/quote]Don't worry I am sure Cooper will keep them but it will probably be the same story that it will take 8 months for them to come good as "they are young and still learning their trade" Sorry but when you let experienced defenders like Jay go the writing is already on the wall.[/p][/quote]Agreed, but did we let Jay go or did Power offer him an unacceptable new contract that he rejected. Whatever happened I could think of one or two I'd rather see leave before Jay[/p][/quote]Precisely On the radio coming home the talk was needing to keep experience with youth. Well just throw away not only an experienced player but importantly one who gives his all - that has got to be worth more in my opinion so shows quite clearly the club don't care about building a team or entertaining the fans jillyh
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